Until last September, Billie MacFarlane found herself stuck in an untenable child care situation. The exhaustion and stress took a toll. “My depression increased and I had to change medication to help cope… Being with children five and under 24/7 created extreme loneliness and resentment. A simple outing to pick up groceries or get the mail is a big deal… Grocery shopping online has become my friend.” Billie also had concerns for Sophie, then four years old, and triplets Logan, Ericka, and Naomi, then three years old, because her only other choice would be low-quality out-of-home care.
Twenty-four hours in a day can be the most exhausting 24 hours if you’re homeless. Seven years ago I was experiencing homelessness and if I could get into a women’s shelter for the night, it was a blessing.
I have tried to work with my disability, however I have a lot of challenges. I was unable to do anything with my hopeless state of mind and my body. Because of this, I have lived on AISH my entire life. This can be isolating, I don’t have the means to do the things I want or buy things I may need. There’s so much I would like to have or do while I am still alive, but I am unable.
EndPovertyEdmonton welcomes a new Community Engagement Coordinator, Kourtney Boucher, to work closely with the EPE Indigenous Circle in advancing reconciliation and the work to end poverty in Edmonton.
I believe poverty is the biggest barrier for people with disabilities. Poverty prevents people from a happy, healthy and positive quality of life. It can make a person feel worthless, alone and like they cannot achieve or attain the things they want to in life - or at least that is how it has made me feel.
Work on advancing the development and stability of the food system in Edmonton has produced opportunities for food entreprenuers to work together. On March 6, 2019 EPE and CUP will host a social good food entreprenuer meet-up event delivering information on collaborations in our city.
In the recent weeks we’ve experienced unusual cold snaps and Arctic lows, I am reminded of my own suffering with Jack Frost and his gaggle of cold. A part of my life was living in the outdoors as my home. Homelessness plagued my life for too long and I realize that if I had not had the community of fellow homeless folks, I would never have survived the frigid temperatures.
During extensive community engagements undertaken by the EndPoverty Edmonton (EPE) Mayor’s Task Force in 2015, many Indigenous participants identified a longstanding need for a unique place and spaces where diverse Indigenous cultures could be brought together and celebrated....
Last week the Edmonton Social Planning Council released their 14th edition of Tracking the Trends (TTT), a report that provides critical social and economic data that are integral to providing guidance for EndPovertyEdmonton’s poverty elimination strategy. Having the current socio-economic trends presented at a municipal level helps all of us working together to end poverty understand what the conditions look like in our community and highlights areas where we need to focus our work.
Edmonton is mourning this week as we hear the news of ‘Piano man’ Ryan Arcand passing. Ryan was recorded playing an original song on a video that went viral in 2014, which enabled the world to see his natural born gift, if only briefly. Ryan was an artistically talented, intelligent, and compassionate man who struggled with homelessness.
Ryan, from the Alexander First Nation, grew up in and out of foster care and at a young age ended up on the streets of Edmonton. Ryan was just 46 years old...